Notts Outlaws return to Clydesdale Bank 40 action at Trent Bridge on Tuesday night with a floodlit encounter against Jimmy Adams’ Hampshire Royals.
Notts’ Jekyll and Hyde CB40 form this season has seen Mick Newell’s side record impressive victories over Hampshire, Somerset and Surrey, but lose to Scotland and Durham.
The two sides last met at the Aegas Bowl in late May, where an innings of 115 not out from 77 balls from James Taylor ensured the Outlaws won by 12 runs.
The match also saw Samit Patel score 66 and take 3-47 from his 8 overs with the ball.
The last time these two sides met in a CB40 match at Trent Bridge in May 2010, Notts Outlaws ran out winners by 12 runs thanks in part to Samit Patel's century.
The first time these two sides met in 40 over cricket was on 1st June 1969, when half centuries from openers Barry Richards (52) and Roy Marshall (58) steered Hampshire to a comfortable seven wicket victory over their hosts.
"Lumb, who spent 5 years with the south coast county, last played for the Royals against the Outlaws at Trent Bridge in the 2009 Friends Provident Trophy, where his innings of 72 from 85 balls, including 9 fours set up a Hampshire victory."
There are more than just a few subplots to enjoy ahead of Tuesday’s match with no fewer than 3 players potentially in line to face their former employers.
Tuesday’s encounter may provide a potential opportunity for Michael Lumb, Adam Voges and Bilal Shafayat to face their former counties.
Michael Lumb will be hoping for a better return than his 5 ball duck that he made at the Ageas Bowl in late May when he opens the batting against his former teammates at Trent Bridge on Tuesday evening.
Lumb, who spent 5 years with the south coast county, last played for the Royals against the Outlaws at Trent Bridge in the 2009 Friends Provident Trophy, where his innings of 72 from 85 balls, including 9 fours set up a Hampshire victory.
Before being a regular overseas batsman at Trent Bridge, Adam Voges had a short spell playing limited overs cricket for Hampshire in 2007.
One of his more impressive performances came in an innings of 66 opening the batting as Hampshire were beaten by 9 wickets against Sussex in the t20 competition.
A product of the Notts Academy, Bilal Shafayat’s most successful season with Nottinghamshire came in 2008 when he ended the season with an average of 41.61 from 10 matches.
On his last appearance at Trent Bridge, Shafayat scored 37 from 34 balls opening the batting as Northants Steelbacks were beaten by 23 runs in last year’s Friends Life t20 competition.
Having begun 2012 playing for Shropshire in the Minor Counties, Shafayat was signed by Hampshire on a short term deal as cover for Jimmy Adams and Michael Carberry and rewarded the county by scoring 93 on debut against Derbyshire.
Tickets for Tuesday's floodlit CB40 match against Hampshire Royals at Trent Bridge on Tuesday are on sale now from the online box office priced £14 for adults, £8 for under 16s, £8 for senior citizens and £36 for families (2+2). Play starts at 4.10pm.
Calum McKenzie is a freelance sports journalist who regularly commentates on Notts Outlaws matches for the in-ground commentary headsets provided by the RNIB. Blind and partially sighted visitors to Trent Bridge can collect headsets from Radcliffe Road reception.